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ambassador kelly craft. president abbas: in the name, our excellencies, foreign president of the council, your excellency, secretary-general excellency, general gutierrez, your excellences, members of the the ity council, maybe peace, mercy and blessings of god be upon you. i have come to you on behalf of 13 million palestinians to call for justice. for justice. i have come to you today ladies and gentlemen, to
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reaffirm the palestinian position that rejects the israeli-american proposal supported by the results of the meeting of the legal arab states and the au. they all concluded that this must be rejected fully in addition to statements issued by the eu, russia, china, japan and other countries around the world. mentioned specifically the position of the secretary-general of the united nations that this
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commitment the rejection of this plan is the result of the unilateral steps and the fact it violates international legitimacy and the arab peace initiative. and the legitimacy of the palestinian rights to self-determination, freedom, and independence in our own state. legitimizes what is illegal as a confiscation of land and annexation of phyllis - -
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palestinian land. i would like to reaffirm that this plan or any part of this plan should not be considered as an international reference for negotiations. and israeli american preemptive plan in order to put an end to the question of palestine. it has been rejected by s because it considers that east jerusalem is no longer under the sovereignty of the state of palestine which is enough for us to reject the plan. without any control of our
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land, air and sea and puts an end to palestinian refugees and and a peace plan and the rejection to all agreements and agreements to establish the two states along the 1967 line it will not bring peace or stability to the region and therefore we will not accept this plan. we will confront its application on the ground. this is the summary of the project that was presented to us it's like swiss cheese.
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who among you would accept a similar state or conditions clicks ladies and gentlemen, this includes instructions and the intention of occupation by military force into strengthen the regime that we thought we got rid of a long time ago is coming back to palestine they are strengthening the regime this rewards the occupation instead of holding it accountable for all the crimes it has perpetrated against our people and our land. in this regard i would like to think countries, regional and international organization
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organizations, parliaments around the world the members of the security council for helping us support the national consensus on the basis of international legitimacy rather than un resolutions. also thank you to israel. the israelis who also rejected this plan in different ways and those who stood with us in the house and the senate in the united states we also think american organizations and free people who rejected this plan.
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we value their positions to support peace and commitment to national legitimacy. this document, 300 israeli officers reject this document. 300 israeli officers who fought for their country and now they say we are fighting for what is just. we also welcome the israeli demonstrators who took to the streets in tel aviv. this is a letter from congress. 107 members have signed the letter go a documents from the us center, 12 members have
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signed this document they all reject this plan. and some are even presidential candidates. we salute palestinians, arab people and all of those fighting for peace around the world who took to the streets by the thousands and hundreds of thousands in the west bank and gaza although it is freezing there. it is cold but still they take to the streets to say no to the deal. and they say no to this deal.
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turns of thousands are saying no to the deal. and some insist this deal is not just. i come before you today to say peace between israeli and palestinians is still possible. it is achievable. i have come to you to build and international partnership to achieve lasting peace. we are still committed to this as a strategic choice this is not an international partnershi partnership. this proposal from one state supported by another to be imposed on the world on the international legitimacy that represents hundreds of un
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resolutions and dozens of security council resolutions to reject the deal. mr. president, ladies and gentlemen, i wonder why are they determined to draft this proposal alone when we entered it in 2017 into a dialogue with the us administration and all the final status issues which me and president trump have had a long discussion and spoke many times about legitimacy and the two state solution. and he said yes, now i will declare it also the 1967 lines and jerusalem we talked about
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security and other issues. that we have discussed and i was happy to discuss these issues with him at the time. however i was surprised afterwards when the plo office in washington was closed and they declared jerusalem is the capital of israel. how is that possible? they transfer their embassy and called in other countries around the world to do the same. and they stopped sending us aid. 140million us dollar dollars, 840 million us dollars they stopped sending assistance. i don't know who gave him this unacceptable advice. i know mr. trump is not like that. president trump i have met is
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not like that. this was very surprising. i would like to recall we held the madrigal piece conference with washington negotiations in the oslo accord, at the conference for peace on the basis of resolutions legitimacy that calls for negotiations on all final status issues including jerusalem. we should not dictate as a wee gift to jerusalem. no. it is an occupied land. it is an occupied land. who has the right to gift this as a gift to one state or another? we come before you go the
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security council, we are committed to all of your resolutions. ladies and gentlemen, we were implementing all agreements for israel. we behaved in a responsible manner. that is why 140 countries recognize the state of palestin palestine. we have become a part of the international community we became the observer stay in the general assembly unable to become a full member because of the veto but still we could become the observer state joining 120 regional organizations and have become the observer state that became
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the chairperson of the group 77 in china 135 countries in addition to china. so we do exist. we have continued to build our national institutions based on the rule of law. and international parameters for a modern state that supports transparency, and to combat corruption. we are among the countries combating corruption i called on the security council to have a fact-finding mission to palestine to look at our efforts to combat corruption to see that this emerging state under the occupation is
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fighting corruption and free from corruption. and anyone who claims that our state is corrupt only has to see for themselves. we have empowered women and youth and worked on spreading the culture of peace among our people. we always call for peace we reject violence and terrorism. we fight terrorism around the world we have agency protocols with these countries we have signed these protocols to fight terrorism and one of
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them was the united states of america. and canada, russia, japan, and other countries. we are fighting terrorism. we are not terrorists. and we will remain committed to combating terrorism. three times we have held elections we believe in democracy. we called for elections last time but israel rejected that because we cannot hold elections in jerusalem although we did hold elections in 1996, 2005 and 2006 and jerusalem but not now because there was a decision divided jerusalem will be the capital of israel. but know this will not happen
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east jerusalem is ours west is there's. and nothing prevents both states and both capitals. ladies and gentlemen, they said we have wasted opportunities for peace but that is not true. and to say that one day palestinians do not waste one opportunity to waste opportunities. and recently, it was quoted by another senior israeli official saying that we do not waste any opportunity to waste opportunities we never waste opportunities. these are city slogans.
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we accepted all human resolutions 2334, 87 resolutions and we became an active member of the international community in 1993 we are committed to the oslo accord and all the details and decisions. we have recognized israel and israel recognized us. and also we have recognized israel. i recognize the right of israel to exist and it is said and it is written, i recognize the plo as the legitimate
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representative of the palestinian people. so we have recognized one another so what opportunity did we waste for peace? we responded to the efforts of the us administration to those international initiatives to all calls for dialogue and negotiations. however to be offered the bare minimum of justice according to the international legitimacy the government of the occupation is undermining international efforts. we have tried to seize every opportunity in a serious way because pieces in the interest
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of our people around the world. and this document shows that. more than one country sent us an invitation. russia, japan, belgium. the netherlands. they all sent us an invitation to hold a dialogue. and every single time we have responded to these invitation invitations, i went to moscow three times and he did not appear so who is rejecting peace cracks therefore i wonder what opportunities did we waste? and then it was quoted by the son-in-law.
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has sought to destroy every opportunity for peace and they move forward everywhere in the west bank. that what was occupied they change the characteristics and to continue with the war against our people on the gaza strip. supported by the us administration that issued
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that the world rejected two rejected number and the united states of the american and jewish organizations. this is a decision by the u.s. congress. 326 rejecting the policy of secretary pompeo and the us president on settlements. this is a decision from the congress. i would also like to affirm that we reject that linking
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economic assistance and said we will give you 50 million us dollars. what about the political solution? no. first up political solution than if you wish to help us but however we cannot accept an economic solution first. we thank every country that provides us with assistance now without any precondition to build our institutions work on mr. president, ladies and gentlemen, in this difficult time and before it is too late
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i would like to say to mr. donald trump, that the proposed american deal cannot achieve peace and security because it canceled international legitimacy. who can cancel international legitimacy? international legitimacy who can and all and cancel that? president trump did so. and cancels all resolution of legitimacy and all the rights of the palestinian people and it's even decided east jerusalem is no longer part of the sovereignty. this does not meet the aspirations of a two state solution of israel and palestine.
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believe me with the israeli people this is most beautiful form of peace and the restoration between israelis and palestinians but given this opportunity to achieve peace. i know the peace deal is 180 pages and not everyone is willing to read all 180 page pages, therefore we have decided to summarize these pages with 20 pages. i wish that president donald
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trump will be fair and support international legitimacy so we can have a real opportunity for peace between israelis and palestinians. this cannot last. lets us reach peace between one another. we have reach peace without anyone in oslo. that piece was reached without the intervention without the knowledge of any country. and we reached the best agreement and we are willing to commit to that agreement however they killed rabin.
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why did they killed rabin? may his soul rest in peace. called the international quartet by the united states and russian federation, the eu and the un. and i called on the members of the security council to hold a conference for peace. we have the quartet so we can hold this international conference to the resolutions of international legitimacy. not only this resolution but all resolutions. all your resolutions if you could pick and choose the
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resolution that you wan want, however we have chosen to disregard all resolutions not even want to be taken into consideration? what are we to resort to have these resolutions are adopted by this council. if this council's resolutions are disregarded then who do we go to? we call for the implementation all human resolutions, the arab peace initiative, and we insist on the implementation of the arab peace initiative because it is part of the resolution adopted by the security council. by establishing an international mechanism. to sponsor negotiations.
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and any other country can join the quartet. so in addition to any other country, however, to be hones honest, the us alone cannot be the sole mediator among the quartet you are more than welcome however as the sole mediator, we have tried this now and honestly we cannot accept it again. and i call on the international community and the government of israel to put an end to their occupational practices and their decisions to annex our land. these are our lands the disputed land what gives you the right to annex these lands? you will destroy every opportunity for peace in this historic moment i will extend
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my hand for peace again before we break this final opportunity i hope we find a real partner in his real. rabin may his soul rest in peace. anybody who believes in peace and israel is welcome to join us to create a real piece that will bring fruit to palestinians and israelis alike. together in peace our people ladies and gentlemen can no longer tolerate this occupation and it can implode at any moment. so to avoid this we need renewed hope. do not take hope away from us. hope for our people.
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for justice, for independence, for peace. hope. please do not take away this hope from us. i would like to show you this now. 1937, 1947, 2020. every time i look at this map, i lose hope is this what we deserve? is this what the palestinian people deserve? why? we were here. how did we get to this point with these small islands with
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that island? on this occasion, i would like to call on the israeli people to say that the continued occupation and military control of another people, this will not help achieve your security. we only have one choice. we have to be partners. we have to be neighbors. each in their own country, their sovereign country let us remain committed to this choice before it is too late. once again, i stress that our struggle is not with the jewish people. we are not against the jewish people. we are muslim.
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a muslim who says i am against a jewish person has committed blasphemy. if i say i am against the tora torah, jewish people , you are committing blasphemy. we are not against the jewish people we are against anyone who attacks us regardless of their religion. our struggle is not with the jews. our fight is against everyone who attacks our land. we call on ending the occupation in establishing our palestinian state. our people will not surrender. and you see before we will not surrender. we will continue to demand our rights. you should give us our rights.
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then we will stand with you. however we will never surrender our rights and we will not surrender to this occupation regardless of the sacrifices. in conclusion i would like to say once again that i am ready to start negotiations as i was ready always if we have a partner in israel ready for peace and negotiations under the sponsorship of the international quartet and the agreed-upon parameters. i am serious. i am ready to stay here in the united nations to start these negotiations immediately. and i will say one thing. we will not resort to violence or terrorism.
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no matter how strong the attack against us is. we believe in peace. we believe in combating violence and therefore we will not resort to violence. eighty-three countries that will soon become 138 countries. we are willing to cooperate with any country against terrorism and violence. we are against terrorism regardless of the form and manifestation. we will not resort to terrorism. we will fight with peaceful means. look at what is happening now with the west bank and gaza strip. 100,000 people took to the streets all of it is freezing cold there to say no to this. it isn't just me rejecting this view but my delegation our entire people are saying no no no to the steel and finally i say to the world, be careful not to take away the
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hope of the palestinian people. i have come here to save this hope. thank you. >> mr. president, mr. secretary-ge distinguished colleagues. if the president was truly serious about negotiating in good faith he would have taken the advice he received from many of you in many arab states and use this opportunity to start direct negotiations. if he was serious about negotiation we would not be here we would be in
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jerusalem. 1977 after countless clashes on the border, president sadat of egypt he didn't go to the when he went to jerusalem. president sadat knew that to achieve peace those steps must be taken and must be rooted in the past. and then coming to jerusalem and speaking directly to the people and it's out of their hands for peace. and that speech as a child for the country that fought numerous laws it was
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incredible. not long after the speech in that willingness to negotiate and compromise with president sadat signed the historic peace treaty between israel and egypt. mr. president, if president teethree was serious about negotiating we would not be here in new york he would be in washington dc. 1994 his majesty king hussein of jordan came to the un to discuss he went to washington with president clinton and rabin to sign a declaration on terms for negotiations.
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if he was serious about negotiations it would be jerusalem or washington that he is not serious about negotiations or about peace. instead he came to distract from his unwillingness to negotiate perky you can ask him when he asked benjamin netanyahu. they met only once. how many times did abbas in the general assembly and the security council? why don't they go to jerusalem? and try to blame that lack of progress on israel complaining
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instead and then to remain in the 60th year. and then to have sovereignty and then to do everything and then with that lip service long ago became a battle cry and the way to keep the conflict alive. as i mentioned from one end and during that time. feels like a reasonable
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balance and then 150 resolutions. it's only if you have no intention of negotiating. mr. president as president abbas and with those one-sided resolutions and there with the outcome negotiation. and those that they previously
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agreed and then to only to be determined with those negotiations. and that must be negotiated from the 1967 lines. so that is the outcome. so why should they negotiate for him? and then to with your demands and then you negotiate. that is what you did with president sadat and with king hussein. and then with that negotiation. so president abbas there is no
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need for him to negotiate. to make that a remote possibility. and that president abbas willing to negotiate. and then and then to the negotiating table. mr. president and with the conflict something in the current approach that president abbas spreads lies to mislead the international community into believing the solution is the only solution.
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so all of these attempts have failed to find one - - defined insanity the same thing over and over and expecting different results. so to take that same approach to the public and with the basis and then to achieve lasting peace across the palestinians but that is differently to accept the same concept so the only way is over 70 years.
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that that presents the requirement of that realistic approach and with that approach and instill it's time to look to a new to serve the conflict. it is only a suggestion with that negotiation. and then to negotiate.
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and then refuses to negotiate. and then to add to the conflict. mr. president progress will not be made. this is the reality. with israel and the palestinians. and for peace. may have embrace the spirit of president trump to use it as a starting point for negotiation. we say president trump saw in
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this room on a regular basis to determine the fight for peace and then be willing to negotiate we have offered president abbas opportunities to begin negotiations many times and the response we made is the same it is no. 1000 times no. this is the core aspect of our belief. the jewish way of life. i urge you to take this opportunity to tell president abbas that the un cannot be placed with direct
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negotiations. tell president abbas that you choose peace. thank you very much. >> thank you minister i will begin by talking - - begin might welcoming president abbas to the council also the secretary-general and my counsel colleagues for their comments. and what we believe is important this is especially true of today's meeting because finding solution to the conflict is important it's important to me personally. based on the recent conversation it's very important to each member of the council and it's vitally important since the formation
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of the united nation this council and the general assembly have demonstrated their belief in the importance of the middle east peace with countless hours of debate with more than 800 resolutions for go that neither these debates nor these resolutions have resulted in a true and lasting peace. so with this record of failure spec it would be folly to suggest that this time was well spent and what is needed now is more of the same. that is why president trump has proposed a new vision for peace which has a tangible tale on - - a tangible challenge given that challenge it is understandable emotions are running high. president abbas, i heard you perk i heard you speak of hope i hope you learn the lesson of hope to keep hope alive and
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the willingness to compromise. but we are not here to promise hope. anyone can promise hope we are here to deliver on help it is what we are called to do today. and then to think about what will happen tomorrow. whether to respond to the theory rhetoric now is the time to set the table for a new conversatio conversation, a conversation for each other than with each other that not the finishing line. i want to be clear, we're not here to lecture or to tell people how to live or how to worship. instead we are here to offer partnership based on shared
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interest and values. and with these theoretical's is not something to be found on pieces of paper and economic opportunity and freedom for too long we have made those documents with high level principles with the piece that provides the dignity of all people. but i'm here to tell you today concrete dignity honoring peace and the plan proposed by president trump january 28. is different from any predecessors its conceptual map toward the establishment of a palestinian state with a
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capital in east jerusalem. and to show respect of jordan special role to assure the ability of muslims from around the world to worship and i would emphasize especially to those who express concerns and those two palestinian people the self-governing and the self recognize palestinian state it also recognizes a political resolution to this conflict is not enough to ensure the palestinian people have the opportunities to thrive that they need and what opportunities they deserve. the plan proposes economic investment and a future state of palestine.
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this would reverse the poverty that has trapped thousands of palestinian men and women and children for decades. as president trump said two weeks ago, he wants his plan "to be a great deal for the palestinians. it has to be. and the united states plant is half of the independence with a flourishing palestinian state this is not a proposal but a dignity and practice. the united states believes this is realistic and can be implemented and to teach what senior advisor has asserted on multiple occasions. this is not take it or leave it. it is not my way or the highway. it is not set in stone and it
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is the beginning of a conversation, not the end of one. united states stands willing to support all efforts for the conversation and we hope all parties will keep an open mind of wisdom i am off to one - - optimistic trouble give this approach a fair hearing rather than the head of habits that have not produced the piece that we all seek. above all the help the israelis and palestinians will have the courage to talk to one another you've heard me say repeatedly the united states will only stand by israel to make sure the security is never threatened and prosperity protected. that has not changed and it never will. they have no better friend than the united states to find a new path to peace every step of the way but i want to make clear the united states stands
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by the palestinian people to have their will for a better future for themselves and for their children. may further help is that after today's rhetoric clears, palestinian leaders will see this plan for the opportunity that it is rolled up their sleeves with the chance to sit down with the leaders of israel with a new conversation this only benefits the extremists to radicalize to perpetuate the cycle of terrorism peaceful coexistence is not out of reach our committee to extend freedom and opportunity to all palestinians we can build the future we have sought for so long only this way can the weapons of war be beaten into true and lasting peace on this land that is holy to so many.
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president abbas, president trump has stated i want you to know if you choose the path to peace [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national able satellite corp. 2020] >> women are not victims in need of validation. little girls can be whatever they want to be, whether that be an astronaut, a doctor, a full-time mom working at home,
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